Saturday, May 29, 2010

Oreo Balls & Mason's Birthday

1st Post of the Day-Oreo Balls:
As promised, I am going to do 1 recipe a week this summer to share with you some of my favorite things to eath and make. This one is from my friend Tiffany, so I must give her the credit. She shared them with me at Special Olympics and I made them for my family, who are visiting this weekend...super easy and way decilious! ENJOY!

-1 package of oreos (You could do reduced fat, but I do double stuffed!)
-1 8 oz. package of cream cheese-softened (fat free of course)
-1 box of Baker's White Chocolate Bark

1. Crush/crumble oreos in a food processor until tiny (You could put them in a zip lock bag and use a rolling pin, but a food processor does get them smaller.)
2. Gently blend cream cheese with oreos
3. Roll mixture into 1 inch balls
4. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes
5. Melt White Chocolate Bark
6. Dip balls into white chocolate.
7. Cover cookie sheet with wax paper and place dipped balls onto it. Keep in refrigerator until hardened. Place in air tight bag or container and keep in fridge until eaten. YUMMY!

Thanks again Tiffany!!! :)

2nd Post of the Day-Mason's Birthday:
Today is our sweet boy's 1 year birthday. I can't believe it's been 1 year since we knew we would be bringing home our first family pet. Though owning and loving a dog does add to monthly expenses and our daily time, it has been well worth it. Mason has been WONDERFUL for our family. Justin takes him on a morning run every day. I walk him in the afternoons when I can and we almost always take him on a nightly walk together as a family. It's really held us accountable to being in shape, as well as giving us more intentional time together. Besides, Mason is just so darn cute! He is such a funny animal and loves to chew on his bones and play tug. He loves wrestling with Justin and snuggling with me. He's been such a wonderful addition to our family! Happy Birthday Macey Boy!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

End of the Year Evaluation

As an educator, I believe that reflection in all facets of life is key to evaluate what works and what doesn't in lessons and projects. I gave an evaluation to my students to try and see what they thought worked this year and what didn't. Enjoy the responses (I have kept exact spelling for purposes understood. :))

Here are a few examples...

1. What is something you DID NOT like about school?
RESPONSES: "I don't not like doing work.", "I did not like when I got in trouble this year but next year it will be better.",
2. What are things you learned this year? "I learned math and tiping (typing).", "We are learned about no smok is bed for u." "Time table, devision, motablecation"

As of 3:00 tomorrow, my summer will officially begin! :)

Friday, May 21, 2010

Apple Dapple Bread

I have been baking a lot here lately so I thought I would share some recipes. :) I hope to do one a week...Enjoy...

-1/2 cup butter
-1 cup sugar
-2 eggs
-1 tsp. vanilla
-2 tbsp. low fat sour cream
-2 cup flour
-1/2 tsp. salt
-1 tsp. baking soda
-2 cups granny smith apples, peeled and chopped
-Chopped pecans and raisins are optional
-2 tbsp. butter, melted
-2 tbsp. flour
-1 tbsp. cinnimon
-2 tbsp. sugar
Mix all ingredients until crumbly.

Cream butter with sugar until light and fluffy. Stir in remaining ingredients, mixing until thoroughly blended. Fold in apples. Grease 9 X 5 bread pan. Pour batter into pan and sprinkle with topping. Bake at 350 for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes. Let cool completely before slicing. Can be wrapped tightly and frozen up to 4 month. :)

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Cody--5th in NC High School State Golf Tournament

Just wanted to brag a bit on my sweet brother-in-law! Congratulations Cody! We're very proud of you! (And, he's just a sophomore!) And, Shelby High School came in 4th as a team.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Chick-fil-a Leadercast and a Few Other Things...

I had a great Mother's Day weekend with my Momma and Mamaw (and my two wonderful siblings and other family members...Daddy had to stay home and preach). I have been richly blessed with wonderful women in my life, especially my Momma and my 2 grandmothers. (My Mimmie, Mary Lamb, went to be with Jesus on November 2, 2006, my junior year of college.) My other grandmother, Mamaw, Peggy Brackett, is still kicking it quite well! I have had 3 amazing examples of 3 women who truly do seek God and though they may not always have the answers, their vulnerability, persistance, and unending love, have carried me along life's topsy, turvy waves.

I also have to admit that Mother's Day was somewhat difficult for me. We did not go to church, and I appreciate my family being so sensitive to my emotions this year. I just wasn't sure if I could make it through all of the announcements of motherhood, knowing that our little one went to be with Jesus in January. Though I do rejoice in the precious life God has blessed other families with, I cry quite often when talking about babies these days. If I had been in Auburn, I think I would have been ok, maybe, since it's my home church, but visiting my aunt's church with a lot of strangers would have been very awkward. My Mom, also having had a miscarriage before my brother and having struggled with fertility, encouraged me to stay at home, which we did. We enjoyed our talks with just our family about the Lord and spending quality time with our Momma, something that we don't get very often any more.

Ok, so now moving past the emotional things, I wanted to share about a great Leadership Conference I went to on Friday before leaving for Tennessee at Auburn University. As you can tell by the title, it was hosted by Chick-fil-a in Atlanta and we watched it via simulcast. Some of the guest speakers were: Connie Podesta, an expert in the psychology of human behavior and leadership development, Tony Dungy, retired head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, Mark Sanborn, best selling author, and John Maxwell, leadership expert and best selling author. (These are just a few of the speakers who happen to be my favorites of the day.) I wanted to share some of the key ideas/just good quotes that I thought some readers might enjoy as food for thought...

From Connie Podesta:
-Ask yourself these 2 questions: Am I proud of the professional choices I'm making? and Am I proud of the personal choices I am making?
-She emphasizes there is NO seperating personal life and professional life and that leadership is a way of life. Every decision we make effects our leadership abilities

From Tony Dungy:
-When asked, "How do you get your players to follow you as a leader?" his response was, "Character has to be inside someone. Though a leader can help enhance certain qualities, the individual must buy into doing the right thing."
-He also encouraged leaders to remember that there are certain things that are simply out of our control. We have to surrender those to the Lord (yes, he said this! oh how I love his testimony) and do what we can. **This directly comes from the Serenity prayer I blogged on in an earlier post.
-His Pep Talk: 1. God has put YOU here for a reason. 2. You are impacting people whether you realize it or not. 3. Encourage others to always be ready to "Be the one".

From Mark Sanborn:
-Ask yourself the question, "Are people better because of knowing me?" WOW

From John Maxwell:
-CONNECTING is the ability to identify with and relate to people in such a way that our influence increases with them. We must CONNECT with people to communicate and effectively lead them.
-Here are a few tips on CONNECTING:
A. Connecting is all about others, it's not about us.
B. Connecting requires times we must work at it.
3. Connectors find common ground...effectiveness in leadership is based on similarities, not differences.

Until next can you be a better leader? At home? At work? With your friends? At church?...